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Zapping food to save pounds

Microwaves are often scorned in cook books and recipes but I’m a huge fan – I got my first one when I was 19 as a grown up, but I’d grown up with one in the house. My dad was keen, cooking meat, fish, and egg dishes (seperately, not combined) and his favourite dish was hollandaise sauce – it took seconds but made fish dishes complete.

I bought a fish kettle for the microwave when I was 25, which gave such good results that when it died (a tragic accident involving a short height and a very hard floor), I bought another. A trout steamed for 2 minutes and 30 seconds with boiled jersey potatoes, horse raddish sauce, peas and sweetcorn is a brilliant and low effort meal that tastes out of this world. A tiny glass of wine and it’s a meal worth setting the table for.

You’ve heard me wax lyrical about using the zapper for Sunday roasts and using the bones to make stock. I did this today and have enough stock for the next week or two of meals. Indeed the main oven isn’t in use today: a cooking apple and some flour, sugar, and butter will be made into a crumble for this evening’s meal in 12 minutes of cooking time. Served with ice-cream, it will be lovely, nutritious meal, for very little cost or effort.

It was great to see microwave ovens featured in this week’s Waitrose Food magazine. Wish they’d had more recipes though.

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